11/24/14 4:29pm

All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Refuse Collection: Residential trash and recycling will be collected on the regularly scheduled day during the week of November 24, including Thanksgiving Day, November 27. On Thanksgiving Day, trash and recycling collection will begin at 6 a.m., in order to clear routes early for the Annual Turkey Trot.

Health Facilities: The Alexandria Health Department (4480 King St.) and the Flora Krause Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard St.) will close at noon on Wednesday, November 26 and remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Teen Wellness Center at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.) will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Historic Alexandria: All museums will be closed on November 27. On Friday, November 28, the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Friendship Firehouse Museum will be closed; the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum and the Fort Ward Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotlines: All emergency hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including the child protective services hotline at 703.746.5800; the domestic violence hotline at 703.746.4911; the emergency services for mental health or substance abuse crisis hotline at 703.746.3401; and the sexual assault hotline at 703.683.7273.

Libraries: All Alexandria Library branches will be closed on November 27 and 28.

Parking: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces, residential permit parking districts and other areas with signed parking time limits, on November 27 and 28. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

Recreation Centers: All City of Alexandria recreation centers, including the Chinquapin Recreation Center, will be closed on November 27. The Chinquapin Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. The Charles Houston, Cora Kelly and William Ramsay Recreation Centers will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28. All other neighborhood recreation centers will be closed.

Schools: All Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28.

State Offices: The Circuit Court will be closed on November 27 and 28. The General District Court, and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will close at noon on November 26, and will remain closed on November 27 and 28. The Department of Motor Vehicles office at 2681 Mill Road will be closed Thursday, November 27, through Saturday, November 29, and will reopen on Monday, December 1.

Transit: Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH bus service will not operate on Thursday, November 27, and will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Friday, November 28. On November 27, the free King Street Trolley will operate on its regular schedule, running every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. On Friday, November 28, Trolley service will begin operating at 6 a.m. and will run every 15 minutes until midnight in support of the Old Town Black Friday Sale.

11/24/14 11:56am

Michael & Sons, a locally owned heating, cooling, and home improvement business, holds an annual sing off each year among local elementary schools in its service area. The sing off is the best jingle re-created by the kids. To see an example of the Michael & Sons jingle, click this link.

The kids at Patrick Henry Elementary School, located in Seminary Valley, are competing in the jingle sing off and could use the community’s help. They currently sit in third place in the DC Metro area. Let’s show the kids some community love and give them a surge! The kids are competing for a $5,000 cash prize for their school. I have voted, what about you??

To view the submission from Patrick Henry Elementary and to vote, visit this link.

11/24/14 11:23am

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Fresh off the inaugural Alexandria Honors Veterans Week in Alexandria, a new start-up in Alexandria helps veterans businesses.

Via WBJ

Tech incubator The Bunker is expanding into Greater Washington with the launch of a location in Alexandria, according to Technical.ly.

The Bunker targets existing veteran-owned tech startups and aspiring entrepreneurs. It launched a year ago in Chicago with 19 veteran-led businesses hunkering down for six-month stints that included access to capital and mentorship.

The incubator comes to Northern Virginia as an initiative of the Alexandria Veterans Business Center, an organization that assists transitioning service members obtain employment and foster new businesses.

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Read more at this link.

11/24/14 9:27am
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This is an update to this post and this post.

We get requests all the time about this park, which is currently having the finishing touches being applied on the Pendleton Street side of the Wythe Street park (Click link above if you have not seen the renderings). Trees are planted and a pathway has been installed. Looks like they have to finish the pathway and some work on the Fayette Street side of the park before it will open.

I have a call into a few people and will update as soon as I have something definitive.

11/24/14 9:10am

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The Steering Committee will hold its eighth meeting TONIGHT (Monday, November 24th, 2014) from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Great Room of the Cameron Station Clubhouse located at 200 Cameron Station Boulevard. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings, as well as the larger community meetings that are being held to solicit input on developing the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan. Meetings will take place over the course of the approximately 18-month planning process, anticipated for adoption in 2015.

Please visit the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan website to see a list of Steering Committee members and view updates throughout the planning process. For additional information or to get involved, contact Radhika Mohan at 703-746-3850.

11/24/14 9:05am

Via AEDP, the Northern Virginia chapter of NAIOP recently held their “Focus on Excellence” annual awards. The Awards Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community.

The Award of Excellence for the Best Mixed-Use Project was presented to The Kingsley, the Harris Teeter anchored apartment building which opened this fall in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Congrats to The Kingsley and to Buchanon Partners!